The annual Run for Water fundraiser returns to Abbotsford on Sunday, May 28. (Abbotsford News file photo)

SLICE OF LIFE: May 19 to 27

This is a list of some of the activities in Abbotsford over the next week


German sing-along takes place Saturday, May 20 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Peace Lutheran Church (corner of Ware and Marshall). Everyone is welcome to join for singing, fellowship and refreshments. Info: Anneliese at 604-859-0822


The community of Bradner holds its 98th annual May Day celebration on Monday, May 22. Activities take place in and around Bradner Elementary at 5291 Bradner Rd. and at Bradner Hall. The event features a pancake breakfast at 8 a.m., a community parade at 10 a.m. and opening ceremonies, including the traditional May Pole Dance, at 11 a.m. Activities running throughout the day include hay rides, a petting zoo, carnival games, food concessions, and more.


The Mennonite Heritage Museum (1818 Clearbrook Rd.) holds Family Day on Monday, May 22 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event includes food trucks, crafts, activities, story times, quilt and woodworking demos, face painting, exhibits and more. Info:


The Abbotsford Garden Club meets at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 23 at Abbotsford Middle School, 33231 Bevan Ave. Janis Matson of Shoreline Landscape Design will give a presentation on pathways.


The Abbotsford Association for Healthy Aging is looking for volunteers for the Friendly Visiting Program, now in its 28th year of matching volunteers with seniors who could use a friend. Many of the seniors are those who are confined to their homes because of illness or lack of family/social support. They all have in common a desire to share a bond with someone. Interested volunteers are asked to call 604-854-1733 or email


The annual Run for Water takes place in Abbotsford on Sunday, May 28 at Mill Lake Park to raise money for clean drinking water in Ethiopia. The event includes a 5 km fun run, a 10 km run, a half marathon and a trail run. Visit to register or for more information, including run times.


Alateen, a part of Al-Anon Family Groups, is for young people whose lives have been affected by someone else’s drinking, whether it’s a parent, sibling or friend. The group meets every Tuesday in Abbotsford at the Home Society (31581 South Fraser Way), starting at 7:15 p.m. Info: 604-855-1942 or 604-826-5100


Sexaholics Anonymous is a 12-step program of recovery for men and women who want to stop their sexually self-destructive thinking and behaviour. Abbotsford SA meets every Saturday at 8 a.m. For information and location, email See also


The Mood Disorders Association support group in Abbotsford meets the first and third Thursdays of each month from 7 to 9 p.m. at Abbotsford Community Services (2420 Montrose Ave.) It is open to those who have mood disorders such as depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety and panic attacks. Friends and family are also invited. Info: Christine at 604-854-9404


The Abbotsford Regional Hospital Auxiliary is currently in need of volunteers. Those interested can pick up an application form in the hospital gift shop ot email Janet at to join for singing, fellowship and refreshments. Info: Anneliese at 604-859-0822